Research Supervisors

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The supervisor is the key person in a thesis-based graduate degree program. The principal role of the supervisor is to help students achieve their scholastic potential and to chair the student’s Supervisory Committee. The Supervisor will provide reasonable commitment, accessibility, professionalism, stimulation, guidance, respect and consistent encouragement to the student. Learn more

Graduate programs have different expectations regarding prospective students contacting faculty members. Some require commitment of a faculty member as thesis supervisor prior to applying while others assign supervisors in the first year. Please review the requirements for each program in the degree listing under the heading "Admission Information & Requirements" in step 3 "Prepare Application" under "Thesis Supervision".

Advice on how to reach out to supervisors

 
Name Rolesort descending Faculty Academic Unit
Sidhu, Ravindar Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Hoffmann, Florian Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Dong, Xuesen Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Yoon, Dongwook Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Maghbouleh, Neda Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Kim, Christine Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Tang, Tricia Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Endocrinology
Blackburn, Carole Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Bulkan, Janette Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Al-Kassim, Dina Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Jovel Ayala, Eduardo Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Rhemtulla, Jeanine Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Yu, Henry Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Stefanska, Barbara Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Zou, Bingshuang Associate Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Sciences
Kontogiorgos, Vasileios Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Summers, Alexander Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Cookson, Tara Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Sia, Rosanne Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Ibrahim, Mohamed Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Caggiano, Holly Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Lim, Emilia Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Victoriano, Ramon Antonio Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Bouchard, Marie-Eve Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Bain, Kimberly Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Cloth, Allison Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Goldbach, Toby Susan Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Abdulai, Fatawu Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Swei, Omar Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Fairbairn, Nadia Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Amini, Kiana Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Kim, Baek Jung Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Wang, Ying Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Zhou, Lily Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Rajagopal, Harini Assistant Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Vujosevic, Tijana Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Sutherland, Danica Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Hach, Faraz Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
McCasland, Jamie Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Tremblay, Regine Assistant Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Park, Jen Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Oldani, Graziano Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Zhang, Wei Assistant Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Hoffmann, Alexandra Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Lagresa-González, Elizabeth Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Hermon, Jonathan Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Mehta, Aastha Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Kadir, Aynur Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Schrader, Kasmintan Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Ning, Eddie Assistant Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science

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Reaching Out Tips

Complete these steps before you reach out to a faculty member!

Check requirements
  • Familiarize yourself with program requirements. You want to learn as much as possible from the information available to you before you reach out to a faculty member. Be sure to visit the graduate degree program listing and program-specific websites.
  • Check whether the program requires you to seek commitment from a supervisor prior to submitting an application. For some programs this is an essential step while others match successful applicants with faculty members within the first year of study. This is either indicated in the program profile under "Admission Information & Requirements" - "Prepare Application" - "Supervision" or on the program website.
Focus your search
  • Identify specific faculty members who are conducting research in your specific area of interest.
  • Establish that your research interests align with the faculty member’s research interests.
    • Read up on the faculty members in the program and the research being conducted in the department.
    • Familiarize yourself with their work, read their recent publications and past theses/dissertations that they supervised. Be certain that their research is indeed what you are hoping to study.
Make a good impression
  • Compose an error-free and grammatically correct email addressed to your specifically targeted faculty member, and remember to use their correct titles.
    • Do not send non-specific, mass emails to everyone in the department hoping for a match.
    • Address the faculty members by name. Your contact should be genuine rather than generic.
  • Include a brief outline of your academic background, why you are interested in working with the faculty member, and what experience you could bring to the department. The supervision enquiry form guides you with targeted questions. Ensure to craft compelling answers to these questions.
  • Highlight your achievements and why you are a top student. Faculty members receive dozens of requests from prospective students and you may have less than 30 seconds to pique someone’s interest.
  • Demonstrate that you are familiar with their research:
    • Convey the specific ways you are a good fit for the program.
    • Convey the specific ways the program/lab/faculty member is a good fit for the research you are interested in/already conducting.
  • Be enthusiastic, but don’t overdo it.
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